We have long been partners and devotees of DC Open—a yearly event which sees dozens of galleries in Düsseldorf and Cologne fling their doors wide open. They are joined in doing so by a number of museums, various institutions and off-site venues, some of which remain open past their usual curfew. The event is scheduled to coincide with the end of summer, kicking off the local art world’s fall season. This year, it will run from 6-8 September.
Of course, such occasions are always a case of Wer die Wahl hat, hat die Qual—who has choice, also has agony, which admittedly sounds less pithy without the internal rhymes. For photography alone, the spectrum will run from the black-and-white work of John Cohen, documenting all manners of 1950s Americans—some New York poets, others Kentucky farmers—at Galerie Julian Sander (Cologne), to the surreal colours of Glen Rubsamen’s photographs at Cosar HMT (Düsseldorf), which shine a new light on familiar images like the Genbaku dome in Hiroshima or the towering plume of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
To make the hourlong trip between the two cities, attendees can take advantage of a complimentary shuttle bus service. Saving the train fee will not put one very far towards purchasing a statue or a video installation, but it will be an opportunity to make the trip in the company of fellow art lovers. Once on the ground, you will have no problem getting your daily steps in—just make sure your footwear is more appropriate for running than for the runway.
Top Image: Christian Theiß, untitled, collage on paper, dimensions variable, 2019. (Courtesy of the artist and Clages, Cologne)
‘Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.’